Rating: Good


  • Carbon neutral
  • Any palm oil derivatives are RSPO certified
  • Packaging recyclable in most kerbside programs


  • Main ingredient is water
  • Some ingredients are toxic to aquatic life
  • Incomplete data for some natural extracts

Sukin is an Australian brand that lists environmental sustainability as one of its key values. The company intentionally keeps packaging to a minimum to reduce waste, and offsets its carbon emissions from both manufacture and office operations.

UPDATE: Sukin was previously certified as carbon neutral through the NoCO2 certification program. In August 2018, the Carbon Reduction Institute – which operates the NoCO2 program – released a statement on the certification of Sukin. The statement says that the Sukin certification lapsed on 30 June 2018, and that Sukin had failed to provide data to validate their claims since late 2017. As at September 2018, the carbon neutral claims made by Sukin do not appear to be verified by a third party.

The main ingredient in their Foaming Facial Cleanser is water. This suggests that this product could be more concentrated. Providing a more concentrated product reduces packaging requirements and transport emissions.

The key soap ingredients are all readily biodegradable. One of them is toxic to aquatic life, but the others have low aquatic toxicity. Some of these chemicals will be released to the environment, but a large amount should be broken down during waste water treatment first. This will help to reduce their environmental impact.

Some of these ingredients could be derived from palm oil. The Sukin Facebook page says that some of their ingredients are derived from palm oil, but all sources of palm oil are certified by the RSPO. Vegetable oils can be easily swapped for one another, so supporting certified sources of palm oil over other uncertified sources can be the way to go.

The other ingredients are mainly natural extracts. Less data is available to help to work out the environmental impact of these chemicals. While natural doesn’t always mean better, as natural extracts, the chance of them being chemicals of highest concern is low. Where there is data available, it shows that the natural extracts are readily biodegradable and either harmful or toxic to aquatic life.

The preservatives are phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol. These are both good choices as preservatives. They are readily biodegradable and not toxic to aquatic life.

Given this is a foaming cleanser, the packaging is fairly simple. It is also easily recyclable in most standard kerbside recycling programs, which is positive.

But does it work?

Considering how well a product works is a big factor in determining whether a product is a good one or not. A product that does not work is a waste.

Many users like this as a light cleanser, but note that it can be too delicate to remove heavy make-up. A few users have also said that this product makes them break out (but others have said that it has cleared their skin up!). For more reviews, check out BeautyHeaven, MakeupAlley and BEAUTY/crew.

Image credit: Liah Yoo

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